The Flipped Classroom – The Full Picture

The Flipped Classroom: The Full PictureThe Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture by Jackie Gerstein
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

I was very excited when I read the blurb on this book as it offered to answer the pressing question about what to do with class time once you flip the classroom. The book explores how the flipped classroom can be incorporated into a wider model of experiential learning. There are many links to websites exploring the concept of experiential learning in the book, including the author’s own blog User Generated Education.

The book outlines the strategy and there is then a fair bit of repetition as the author justifies it and explains its application in different contexts.

I found this book to be one of the most helpful I have read about how to use the flipped classroom model effectively. I like the idea that the strategy is explained within the context of a particular educational philosophy and I will be attempting to incorporate some of the principles into my teaching this year. The only area where I feel the book falls down is when exploring the ways that students reflect on and synthesis their learning. Many of the strategies suggested for this involve students working alone rather than in groups. I feel there is a big hole that needs to be plugged here, especially if the flipped model is to be incorporated into a formative assessment system where productive group-work and peer evaluation are used to consolidate learning.

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